As you are aware from today the school will be closed for all but a small proportion of pupils; those who are children of key workers and those who have been identified as vulnerable. I am writing to give further information for families that fall into the category of key workers.
We have already contacted families of vulnerable children and those with an EHCP separately.
The Government has finally produced a critical worker list and the following document to guide parents regarding school closures:
The list is far more extensive than expected and it is clear that schools would not be able to accommodate the children of all parents that fall into these categories should they decide to send them in. The key point to note from the Government is:
‘Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so.’
Currently, we are working with a much-reduced number of staff and over the coming weeks I suspect that this could be reduced further. I am so grateful to all of my staff for their willingness to help at this difficult time. They themselves have now been classed as critical workers and everyone who is fit enough to work will support their fellow key workers.
The clear advice from the Government is that we need to increase social distancing and we will therefore have to limit the numbers we can admit and prioritise according to need. There will be a full programme of remotely teacher supported learning for all students working at home.
We therefore ask you to complete a form to let the school know if you require your child to be in school from next week onwards and on which days of the week this is required. This form will allow us to allocate places and ensure we have the teachers and staff to care for your child on an ongoing basis. We can guarantee a place on Monday if you are a key frontline worker (health, social care, emergency services and education only) and you have no other alternative.
Pupils attending school will not be required to wear school uniform until the school fully reopens to all pupils.
There will be a separate letter out later today with details of the remote learning.
Thank you for your patience and support.
Mr S Holder Mrs S Neill
Executive Headteacher Head of School